1st Sunday of Advent

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Lighting of Advent candles (using verses as appropriate)

Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Light a candle for Jesus the King (website only)

Jeremiah 33:14-16

"Christmas is coming!", the Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
Come thou long-expected Jesus (StF 169)
Hail to the Lord's Anointed (StF 228)
*Hills of the north, rejoice (StF 172)
Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour (StF 593)
Praise to the God who clears the way (StF 183)
Stupendous height of heavenly love (StF 512)

Psalm 25:1-10

Hymns echoing the psalmist’s theme

Be still and know that I am God (StF 18)
The Lord’s my shepherd, I'll not want (StF 481) (Townend ver.)
Though the fruit tree doesn’t blossom (StF 93)

1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

A new commandment (StF 242)
Bread of life, hope of the world (As we proclaim your death) (StF 577)
God grant us words to speak when sords are all we bear (StF 647)

Luke 21:25-36

As servants working an estate (StF 491) - draws upon Mark 13:32-37
Author of faith, eternal Word (StF 457)

Darkness like a shroud covers the earth (StF 170)
*Hills of the north, rejoice (StF 172) vv.1,4 & 5
Lo, he comes with clouds descending (StF 177)
My Lord! What a morning (StF 179)
Thank you, O God, for the time that is now (StF 478)